Aug. 10, 2012
BERKELEY - California soccer alumnus Demitrius Omphroy joined the Philippine Men's National Team for training camp and a pair of games - including an international friendly with the U.S. Virgin Islands - in the Midwest.
Omphroy's latest team will take on the Chicago Inferno of the USL's Premier Development League on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Wheaton College, located one hour outside of Chicago. The Philippines will also play the U.S. Virgin Islands on Aug. 17 at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis. The "Azkals" are using this trip as part of their preparation for the Suzuki Cup, a tournament to be held in Malaysia and Thailand in November.
A Cal player from 2007-2010, Omphroy was a major contributor to the 2010 Golden Bear squad that reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. He started all 20 games and contributed a career-high six assists, as the Bears captured what turned out to be the last Pac-10 Conference championship and an automatic bid to the postseason.
The product of Alameda, Calif., trained with the Panama Under-21 Men's National Team in 2010, as that squad prepared for the Central American Games. He has also played for U.S. youth national teams at the under-15, under-16 and under-18 levels. But he has never played for a senior national team, which allows him to play for the Philippines.
Toronto selected Omphroy in the second round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft and waived the former Bear in November of that year.